Rudras are forms and followers of the god Rudra-Shiva and make eleven of the Thirty-three gods in the Hindu pantheon. They are at times identified with the. ekadasarudra, ekadasa rudra, 11rudras, Shiva, Siva, Rudra, rudram, However the 11 Rudras worshipped in the Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam Pooja is the most. These are the 11 forms of Rudra and their mantras. These mantras are very very effective when chanted during the stationary (Stambha) period.

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Please use the audio clip and do listen to the Rudra recitation. The etymology of the word Rudra is interpreted variously; and at times it is rather confusing.

Rudra who stands for all the intense feelings associated with the entire spectrum of surging emotions, ranging from piteous wail of the one weeping in excruciating pain to the terrifying thunder-clap emanating from clashing universes.

The myths and legends that allege the origin of the Rudra abound. The Rudra-s represented not only the awesome, destructive fury of the tempest but also the benevolence of fertility, healing and welfare. Riding on the whirlwinds, singing loudly, they gudra the storms.

Often brutal, though usually good humoured, they are feared by everyone. Prana vava Rudra ete hidam sarvam rodayanti B. The Visvakarma Shilpa ekafasa details of only the weapons. He is associated with the dramatic fierceness of the thunderstorm and lightening which strike at men and cattle, but which through the rain brings forth peace and plenty.

Ekadasa Rudra (11 Rudra Avatars)

He is addressed as the thousand-eyed one saharaksha holding thunderbolts. Iconography of the Rudras. Complexion resembling blue-lotus; reddish eyebrows; three eyes of yellow tinge; fierce face with sharp tusks; all ornaments including sacred-thread made of snakes; garland of scorpions; band of skulls kapala mala round the matted hair yellow in colour done ekadasz a crown; eight arms —the hands on the right holding trident, battle axe, sword and cudgel; while the left hands hold khatvangaskull cup, shield and noose.


For that purposeyou might take the aid of books like Siva Kosa two volumes and Indian Iconography three volumes authored by Prof SK Ramachandra Rao ; or similar other booksto explore the subject. Achintya—niyamo Rudro achintya-bala—purushah achintyan cha tad ajnanam na sakyam bhakthi-vatsalam. He is not purely benefic like other Rig Vedic gods, but he is not malevolent either.

The sequence of odd rudraa even numbers carry many interpretations.

G Gnanananda from his wonderful book Rupa Lakshana sangraha. Rudra is the intermediary between physical elements and the intellect. As for the fierce power of the Rudraall the four hymns mention it; and pray to Rudra not to inflict his wrath upon the humans and the animals ; andat other times requesting Rudra rudraa ward off evil and to provide protection against wicked forces.

In one instance in rufra epic Mahabharatathe Rudras are eleven in number and are named:.

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Could i ask ekadawa another question? He divided himself into two: Shiva, in Rig Veda, eudra not the name of any god. In the Anukak-s 1 to 10 of the Chamakam, the devotee prays for almost everything needed for human happiness. Divaha sishakti svayasha nikamabhihi.

There is thus, virtually, a plethora of Rudras. Rudra is described sometimes as tawny bablusha ruddy complexion. Their weapons, costumes and insignia herald the nature of the deity and the affiliation of the temple- such as Shiva, Vishnu Devi etc.

You may please post your comments on The Rudras Eleven on http: There are various versions of the origin of Rudra, etymology of the term, types of Rudras, their names, attributes and their iconographic representations. He commands men and entrusts tasks.


He is clad in tiger skin and is decorated with snake ornaments. By the ekaasa of the Puranas, Rudra came to be completely equated with Shiva who is one of the Trinity and is represented as the destroyer.

Ekadasa Rudra (11 Rudra Avatars)

They are typically envisioned as huge and robust male warriors, framing the sanctum doorways; and to flank the entrances to the temple complex.

He is requested not to afflict children, men and cattle with disease RV 7. Rudra is the intermediary between physical elements and the intellect, between the spheres of earth and the Sun. The elusive power Ajnanam of his Maya cannot fathom either. These formidable images usually carry weapons, insignia or emblems, which are indicative of the powers, virtues and magnificence of the presiding deity.

The Rudras are said to be truly infinite shatam anantam bhavati, asankhyakam. There is thus, virtually, a plethora of Rudras.

Shri Rao I came by to Sulekha to check if there was something I had missed from you in all these days — and I am glad I did! Another Shilpa text — Sanathkumara Samhita shiva provides slightly different iconographic details of Rudra: Rig Veda mentions a set of thirty-three deities.

He is clad in tiger skin and garlands of Arka flowers and snakes. Rupa-mandanaKaranagama and other Shipa texts provide totally different iconographic details of the Rudras.